Editor’s Review: Testing Viral TikTok Hair Trends like Half-Up Braided Pigtails and “It Girl” Claw Clip

It's time to find out what hairstyles really work!

We’ve all seen those hairstyles, like different ways to achieve heatless curls and hair hacks that allow us to achieve the perfect messy bun in no time, but have you ever wondered how achievable these viral hair trends are? In our series Testing Viral TikTok Hair Trends, the Editors at All Things Hair put your favorite social media hair trends and hacks to the test to find out how easy they actually are.

Keep scrolling to check out our viral hair trends tests.

Half-up braided pigtails are a viral hair trend we’ve seen making its way from TikTok over to our favorite celebrities and go-to style and beauty influencers. It seems easy since this style only requires two tools (a comb and hair ties). However, will it pass our test? Find out below as we try out half-up bubble pigtails.

Trying Out the Viral Hair Trend

Half-up braided pigtails are a very popular look that has been dominating the internet lately. It includes two half pigtails that are then braided into three-strand braids. One of my favorite parts about this viral hair trend is that anyone can do it. It doesn’t matter if you have thin, natural, curly, short, or long hair; this style can work for everyone! Half-up pigtails are a style I often do, so after seeing this braided variation all across TikTok and even on the red carpet, I was super excited to try it out. Plus, I really like how minimal products and tools are needed. You need a comb, four hair ties, and hair spray if you want added hold.

I’d recommend using a hair spray like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Level 2 Hair Spray because it’ll give you light hold for the style without making your hair look or feel stiff and crunchy.

Final Thoughts

To answer the question before: Yes, this did pass the test! I thought this was a very easy hairstyle to do. I think it’s perfect for those days in the summer when you want your hair out of your face but don’t want to wear it up entirely. While this style is simple, it’s easy to look to do if you’re practicing your braiding skills. Plus, it adds just a little extra something to a typical half-up pigtail style.

Overall, I’d recommend this style. It’s great for a variety and hair lengths and skillsets. If you’re going for an extra y2k vibe, you can even add butterfly clips to the style.

Claw clips relaunched into the hair scene last year, making it the perfect alternative to tight hair ties. Claw clips allow us to wear our hair up and out of our face, without worrying about the breakage and damage that can come with some hair ties when used often.

On TikTok and Pinterest, the “It Girl” claw clip hairstyle completely took over and is constantly worn today. The particular style includes, girls who have an effortless and clean aesthetic, quickly putting their long hair up into a claw clip. Sounds easy right? We’ll I’m putting it to the test.

I have long, thick hair, so using a claw clip can be hit or miss depending on how large it is. However, I am excited to find out if this viral hairstyle works with my hair. Check out my experience below to see if I’d recommend it.

Testing Out the Trend

I really love how wearable this claw clip trend is. It can be worn while you’re running errands and it can even be dressed up for fancier occasions. It’s also super exciting how there is such a wide variety of claw clips sizes, colors, and styles to choose from, so everyone is bound to find something that works for them.

The “It Girl” claw clip hairstyle only requires one tool: Your claw clip! This makes the style very achievable for so many people. Plus, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to create the look in just one of two minutes.

Final Thoughts

With all of this said, I’d recommend the “It Girl” claw clip style! Depending on your hair styling skill level, this may take a little bit of practice to completely nail down, but overall I’d say this is a relatively easy style. For me, the hardest part about the style was tying my hair in the beginning because you aren’t able to see what you’re doing. However, after I do this a few times, I can definitely see the style getting so much easier. Personally, I think this hairstyle would be so much fun to try with a pearl hair clip for an elevated look.

Is there a specific hairstyle or hack you want us to try next? Let us know on Instagram @AllThingsHairUS.


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